Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Poll: Who do you think killed Gwen Stacy?
Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 02:05:56 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Poll: Who do you think killed Gwen Stacy?
Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 11:06:07 pm EDT

> > I was having a conversation with my sister, a non-comic reader, and we got on this topic. She asked who killed Gwen and I couldn't give a good answer. I'm not asking about legal culpability, but do you think Spider-Man killed Gwen when he snagged her with his web, or had the Green Goblin already killed her?
> Weeell, in terms of proximate cause of Gwen's death, I'm gonna say that my own sense is that Spidey inadvertently snapped her neck when he caught her with his web line. Of course, there have been many different tellings of that event, and as it's fiction there's no "real" truth to get to.
> Thinking about it, though, it does seem like there should have been an autopsy, which would have at least pointed to one cause vs. another... has this ever been brought up?
> Ultimately, of course, The Green Goblin pushed Gwen off the top of a bridge; it was GG who sent her to her death... even if Spider-Man's attempted rescue ended up killing Gwen several seconds earlier, it's still not really accurate to blame Spidey for Gwen's demise.
> *Wraith

I absolutely agree with Wraith on this... the Green Goblin put Spider-Man in a no-win situation. Spidey couldn't physically reach Gwen in time to catch her, and if he didn't try to save her with webbing, she would have hit the water and died. In all honesty, the whole "falling vs. webbing" debate is irrelevant to me, because the actions of the Green Goblin would have resulted in Gwen's death no matter what. Even if an autopsy revealed a broken neck killed Gwen, anyone who knows the whole story wouldn't blame Spidey in the slightest.

Capt. Speedbump

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